US to give Taiwan 750,000 doses of vaccines

A bipartisan group of US Senators has visited Taiwan and announced a donation of coronavirus vaccines to Taiwan. Taiwan is dealing with a sudden spike in case numbers.

The group consists of Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and two fellow senators, Chris Coons, and Dan Sullivan.

They arrived at an airport in Taipei on a US Air Force cargo plane on Sunday.

At the airport, Duckworth announced that the United States has decided to give 750,000 doses to Taiwan after weeks of discussion with the White House.

She said it was critical that Taiwan be included in the first group to receive vaccines because the United States recognizes Taiwan's urgent need and values this partnership.

US President Joe Biden promised last week that Washington will donate at least 80 million doses by the end of this month to the world. Taiwan was chosen as one of the first to receive vaccines.

Taiwan's presidential office says President Tsai Ing-wen discussed regional security and other issues with the three Senators at the airport.